Telenav Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
111 Reviews
2.9
111 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There was a lot of free food such as dinner for those working late and lunch at most noon meetings (in 12 reviews)

  • The employees at TeleNav are generally a good group of bright hard working people (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Management has no management skills and are unable to enforce even minimal work related discipline (in 6 reviews)

  • Very low spirit in the company, beaten by Apple and Google in smart phone GPS (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    watching a train wreck in slow motion

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At this point, can't think of a single one.

    Cons

    The culture has a lot of dysfunction with mini fiefdoms. Product Design wants to rule the world working on their own pet projects and building their portfolio. Marketing is now organizationally disconnected from everyone else. Senior leadership keeps changing strategy and it is not very clear where the company is headed. Communication and collaboration are at an all time low. There has been another round of layoffs. Good people are now keeping their heads down. This is sad because the Valley is an awesome place for great talent today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are putting some functional areas on a pedestal at the cost of other teams. Some teams that get the most visibility and resources are not held to the same goals and metrics as everyone else. They get all the benefits without having to put their necks on the line.

    The company values were something that the founders and the organization believed in but lately it does not seem like you are being true to your values. The culture has visibly deteriorated over the past year from being collaborative to being very toxic. This tone is being set by your senior leadership in some teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Shiny object syndrome and may the loudest talker win

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome space, free food, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Bad hiring decisions (execs and senior leaders)
    Lack of coherent strategy starting at Exec level
    Offshore teams
    Favoritism towards newly hired leaders and execs
    Consensus driven
    Loudest voice wins
    Not egalitarian
    Just laid off a whole office
    Conflicting org structures lead teams to compete in a bad way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you hire people, trust them and get out of their way. Stop micro-managing them.
    Pick a strategy and stay the course - every new social networking and dating concept is not going to win
    Promote people that deserve it - not the talkers
    Leaders should not be remotely located. Move them to HQ
    Hire people instead of overloading existing people
    Let bad performers go
    Invest in the right things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    If you are ready for High School again join Thinknear!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Thinknear is good for
    Free food
    great benefits
     good salary
    Beer parties on Fridays
    Gifts, lunchs, etc...

    Cons

    GM- had to rename the division back to thinknear over his EGO
    Key Logos on Webites- NOT customers any more!!!!
    Campaigns being dropped- NO ROI
    Kids running the company- who do not have experience!!!
    High School Environment- if your not popular or liked the other kids will get their way
    no communication
    poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really???

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ship going down

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    Current Employee - Sales Director
    Current Employee - Sales Director

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The technology is solid and works well.

    Cons

    Division changed their name 3 types in 8 months from Telenav, Scout to Thinknear. Leadership is weak and lacks experience. Management looking for younger employees so they can pay them less. Recently, let go of top performers so they can find cheaper less experience talent. Management thought sales people were making to much money. So they lowed the commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP makes changes before it's to late!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Getting ready to kiss some butt!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology is good. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Scout Advertising Management lacks experience and knowledge on how to run a team. Senior manager has stated he doesn't know how to manage and had the sales team send 100 emails a week. He stated that this Sales metrics process. Whether you are doing your job or not, you should make sure you learn to kiss some butt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    H.P- if you are looking to grow the company you have put the wrong management in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing to learn for QA, company going down with lots of layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Telenav full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    cool CEO, lots of free food, app development experience
    good experience for Auto- GPS teams
    good for Sales/Marketing people

    Cons

    forced to sit 10-7pm, no credit for good work.
    Management not enthusiastic to use latest automation technologies in the market for mobile test
    Absolutely nothing to learn for QA..
    very low qualified employees because they do manual QA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax and gain some technical expertise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clueless leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None - there are many other options in the valley. Why waste time here. If you are mediocre, this may not be a bad place for you. And there are many mediocre people enjoying their life here.

    Cons

    Clueless leadership - I have worked with all of them closely.
    They hired SVP of engineering to fix some stuff but the guy quit within a year.
    No business model - subscription rev. is going down but no substantial alternative in place.
    All good people are gone. Most of them stick because of green card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down the staff and sell the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack lustre leadership, poor business decision making.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telenav

    Pros

    Open environment, lot of discussions before taking decisions.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks vision, strategy and places all bets on one product only. Company only supports the yes men, folks with talent and an ability to turn things around are let go. Overall, non technical company; management lacks leadership and business sense. Some poor business decisions and lack of product expertise is leading this company down. Highly political environment, where decisions are taken in knee jerk reaction mode. Employees have no career path for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up/mature and see beyond personal games and returns. Focus on vision, strategy and product design.

  10.  

    The ship is going down

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Some nice colleague.
    - Pretty strong offshore engineer team

    Cons

    - With a large wave of talent departure, you can hardly find a bright/creative engineer in the company.
    - Very low spirit in the company, beaten by Apple and Google in smart phone GPS.
    - Many early employees holds important position but are unable to catch up with new technology.
    - Very inefficient project execution, chaos in the middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the opinions from the other side of Pacific ocean, you can easily identify which engineers/architects are incapable of doing their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negatively biased

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Telenav full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some great engineers and plenty of good people. Been a good place to make friends and work on interesting stuff

    Cons

    No vision, No execution, Dependance on china, people run pet projects like its no one's business, no career dev, poor/avg salary, no incentives, very low morale and lack of enthusiasm. In a crowded space dominated by the biggies Google, apple , microsoft and maybe amazon soon..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up, have laser focus, execute at all levels, energize with purpose and passion and not by putting competition down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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